What is more appetizing than dirt?
At least that is the thought that must have went through this chef’s mind. I personally don’t get the inspiration behind it. Don’t get me wrong, they look absolutely beautiful in their weird way, but they don’t really look that much appetizing. However, what do I know? This chef clearly has more experience in this type of stuff than I do.
Who is this chef you ask? Well, he is none other than Chef Ben Churchill! He loves to create illusion foods. You see, illusion food is when a particular dish is made of something entirely different than what it looks like. And his creations are ripped straight out from the jungle.
Most of his creation include delicious looking fruits and mossy trees. And they do look quite realistic. He even has a book named Food Illusions Vol 1 teaching amateur and professional cooks alike how to create these dishes at home. The following is the description of his book.
Food Illusions vol. 1 is the highly anticipated debut book from Chef Ben Churchill, the “food illusionist” including some of his most famous recipes in full!
You may be familiar with his work from facebook or instagram where he makes stunning desserts that trick the mind, his food illusions. Here he explains the processes, methods and techniques behind some of his most famous dishes such as the carrot shaped carrot cake 2.0 and the chocolate throne.
Read his ethos, his thoughts and discover his way of working as he teaches you how to begin your journey into food illusion desserts. Suitable for both the amateur and professional cook, with easy to follow recipes and methods, you’ll be creating stunning desserts in no time.
-Chef Ben Churchill
#1 Olive Oil Sponge Cake With Mint Crumb, Sweet Milk Foam, And A Baked Apple Puree.
#2 Lemon Drizzle Cake, Lemon Sponge, Chantilly, Lemon Gel.
#3 Chocolate And Beetroot Brownie Filled With Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Soil, Mint Leaves.
#4 Coconut Mushroom Sweets.
#5 Granny Smith Pannacotta, Custard, Granola, Lemon Balm.
#6 Christmas Carrot Cake.
#7 Chocolate And Beetroot Cake, Chocolate Soil, Chocolate Plant Pot.
#8 Cherry Sponge, Coconut Truffle, Lemon Meringue Mushrooms, Rosemary Chocolate Bark.
#9 Orange Parfait, Bubblegum Meringue Powder.
#10 Vanilla Pannacotta, Smokey Lapsang Gel, Meringue Powder, Chocolate.
People were especially adamant about this one. While it does look like an ashtray filled with cigarettes, people are not sure if they want to try this ‘desert’ dish.
#11 Lemon Pannacotta, Filled With A Lemon Sherbet Iced Gel And A Green Tea And Jasmine Custard, All Made Using Home Made Moulds.
#12 Chocolate And Chilli Cake.
#13 Mirror Glazed Carrot Cake, Edible Stones, Poached Mint, Chocolate Plant Pot.
#14 Coconut Pannacotta, Mango Gel, Grilled Lemon Sponge.
#15 The Chocolate Buster Sword Cake With Swiss Roll Log.
#16 Chocolate Ganache, Thyme, Meringue, Chocolate Soil… The Woodland Floor.
#17 Chocolate Log Filled With An Orange Bavarois, Coated In Mint ‘Moss.’
#18 Chocolate And Banana.
#19 Chocolate And Chilli Cake.
#20 Ganache Filled Cookie, Charred Strawberries, Burnt Rose Gel, Coconut.
Did we just walk into the Kitchen of Hannibal Lector? Because this looks like something he would make and I know that it sounds disgusting, but you have to admit, he used to make some beautiful dishes on the hit TV series.
#21 The “Stilton” Cheesecake… Baked Vanilla Cheesecake With Mint Veins.
#22 Chocolate Plant Pot Filled With Chocolate Mousse, Sprouting A Chocolate Tree, Topped With A Fluffy Matcha Foam.
#23 Vanilla And Thyme Smoked Pannacotta, Spiced Orange Coulis.
#24 Cookie Dough Filled With Chocolate Sauce Served With Chantilly Cream… The Potato Dessert Illusion.
#25 Chocolate And Carrot Cake. Carrot Cake Cookie Dough, Chocolate Soil, Caramelised Carrot Gel, Carrot Powder.
#26 Baked Apple Parfait, Cinnamon Tuille.
#27 Edible Stones.
#28 Chocolate Plant Pot Filled With White Chocolate Creme And Carrot Cake, Topped With Grated Chocolate And An Orange And Carrot Gel.
#29 Coconut Meringue Mushrooms.
#30 Fools Gold Chocolate Truffle.
Yes, this is not at all gold even though I’d think that I got lucky if I saw this somewhere. Well, on the other hand, I am sure this will taste quite a lot more delicious than actual gold which has not a lot of taste if I am honest.
#31 Beetroot And Chocolate Tiffin Cake.
#32 Nitro Canister Bon Bon.
#33 Carrot Cake And Chocolate Beetroot Tiffin.
#34 Rhubarb Parfait, Custard, Ginger Cream.
So what are your thoughts on this whole list? Did you find these dishes appetizing or did they turn your stomach? Whatever your opinion, you have to admit that the chef is exceptionally skilled and he really does deserve a lot more attention than he is getting. Well, you can check out more of his beautiful dishes on his Instagram.
I don’t know about you but I’d love to taste any one of these, and I am quite sure that they will taste quite a lot different as to how they look. Why don’t you share your opinion in the comments down below and let us know your thoughts on his works of art?
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